BBC: Daniel Craig’s 007 Not Going Anywhere Yet

The British Broadcasting Corporation, widely known for not being The Daily Mail, weighs in on the BOND 25 casting drama with a bit more legitimacy.

You're as tired of reading Bond 25 casting stories as I am of writing them, probably. But if we’re going to be part of the problem and share stories from the Daily Mail, we might as well be thorough and share the non-news from more reliable sources. And according to the BBC, Daniel Craig has not yet made a decision whether to return to the franchise - and that decision might not be coming for some time.

The Beeb:

Daniel Craig hasn’t yet decided on whether he wants to do another Bond movie. Reports in the past 24 hours have suggested that the actor, who’s starred in four 007 movies, has turned down a deal to make any more films in the series.

But separate, authoritative Bond sources have independently confirmed to BBC News that Craig hasn’t made any decision about his future as 007, and that “no decision is likely to be made for a while”.

Earlier this year MGM, which controls the rights to the 007 franchise, told investors that the series was operating on a three-to-four year cycle, which means that the next Bond film isn’t due in cinemas until late 2018 at the earliest.

Sounds like we might be waiting a bit. Fine with me. Not gonna lie - the only reason I'm posting this is I'm trying to will Craig's return into fact. The idea of a 007 who is younger than me is, as I’ve documented elsewhere, going to mess me up but good, so I’ve no problem kicking this particular can down the road for a bit. And Daniel Craig’s run as Bond has broken with SO many traditions; can’t it also break with the tradition of Bond actors ending on a dud? Please?

You’ll recall this flurry of “news” started when a tabloid said Tom Hiddleston had met with Sam Mendes at a club in London. Since Sam Mendes is not attached to direct Bond 25, another tabloid added Barbara Broccoli to the story for good measure. It was a hell of a conversation starter, but the story was later denied by Hiddleston, for all the good that did. (I have to ask, as should you: if three well-known film professionals are spotted meeting out in public in 2016, what are the odds that there is NO photographic evidence of the meetup?)

Anyhow, if the Hiddleston/Mendes meeting DID happen, beloved BMD reader Driveby_Commenter has a theory:

Mendes is attached to direct the adaptation of this weird true-life story of the guy who bought a hotel and then spied on his guests as some form of creepy sociological experiment. What's the betting he's looking at Hiddleston as his lead, and that's actually what they were talking about?

Maybe? At any rate, this sure is shaping up to be a PR shitshow. The longer Eon and MGM wait to announce Craig's (theoretical) return, the more they risk a bunch of deflated reactions from a fanbase that seems - at the moment - pretty split on the whether or not he should.